Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


1. Having the same quantity, measure, or value as another.
2. Mathematics Being the same or identical to in value.
a. Having the same privileges, status, or rights: citizens equal before the law.
b. Being the same for all members of a group: gave every player an equal chance to win.
a. Having the requisite qualities, such as strength or ability, for a task or situation: "Elizabeth found herself quite equal to the scene" (Jane Austen).
b. Similar to or the same as another, as in ability: As the playoffs began, the teams were considered roughly equal.
One that is equal to another: These two models are equals in computing power.
tr.v. e·qualed, e·qual·ing, e·quals or e·qualled or e·qual·ling
1. To be equal to, especially in value.
2. To do, make, or produce something equal to: equaled the world record in the mile run.

[Middle English, from Latin aequālis, from aequus, even, level.]

e′qual·ly adv.
Usage Note: It has been argued that equal is an absolute term—two quantities either are or are not equal—and hence cannot be qualified as to degree. Therefore one cannot logically speak of a more equal allocation of resources among the departments. But this usage is fairly common, and was acceptable to 71 percent of the Usage Panel as far back as 1967. Objections to the more equal construction assume that the mathematical notion of equality is appropriate to the description of a world where the equality of two quantities is often an approximate matter, and where statements of equality are always relative to an implicit standard of tolerance. In The two boards are of equal length, we assume that the equality is reckoned to some order of approximation determined by the context; if we did not, we would be required always to use nearly equal when speaking of the dimensions of physical objects. What is more, we often speak of the equality of things that cannot be measured quantitatively, as in The college draft was introduced in an effort to make the teams in the National Football League as equal as possible, or The candidates for the job should all be given equal consideration. In such cases, equality is naturally a gradient notion and can be modified in degree. This much is evident from the existence of the word unequal, for the prefix un- attaches only to gradient adjectives. We say unmanly but not unmale; and the word uneven can be applied to a surface (whose evenness may be a matter of degree) but not to a number (whose evenness is an either/or affair). · The adverb equally is often regarded as redundant when used in combination with as, as in Experience is equally as valuable as theory or Aptitude is essential; but equally as important is the desire to learn. In our 2015 ballot, the example sentences above were deemed unacceptable by 64 percent and 53 percent of the Usage Panel respectively. Even among those Panelists who rated the sentences as acceptable, there were several who commented that it would be preferable to avoid the redundancy for stylistic reasons. Fortunately, one can easily streamline sentences such as these, as by deleting equally from the first example and as from the second. See Usage Notes at absolute, as1, center, perfect, unique.


(ˈi kwə li)

1. in an equal or identical manner: to treat rich and poor equally.
2. to an equal degree or extent.


You use equally in front of an adjective to say that a person or thing has as much of a quality as someone or something else that has been mentioned.

He was a superb pianist. Irene was equally brilliant.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'equally' in front of as when making a comparison. Don't say, for example, 'He is equally as tall as his brother'. You say 'He is just as tall as his brother'.

Severe sunburn is just as dangerous as a heat burn.
He was just as shocked as I was.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.equally - to the same degree (often followed by `as'); "they were equally beautiful"; "birds were singing and the child sang as sweetly"; "sang as sweetly as a nightingale"; "he is every bit as mean as she is"
2.equally - in equal amounts or shares; in a balanced or impartial way; "a class evenly divided between girls and boys"; "they split their winnings equally"; "deal equally with rich and poor"
unequally, unevenly - in an unequal or partial manner; "profits were distributed unevenly"; "angry at being dealt with so unequally"


1. evenly, regularly, uniformly, identically Eat three small meals a day, at equally spaced intervals.
2. similarly, just as, to the same extent, to the same degree All these techniques are equally effective.
3. by the same token, similarly, in the same way, likewise, correspondingly Subscribers should be allowed call-blocking services, but equally they should be able to choose whether to accept calls from blocked numbers.
بالتَّساوي، على حَدِّ سَواء
eşit olarak


[ˈiːkwəlɪ] ADV
1. (= evenly) [divide, share] → equitativamente, por igual
the fence posts should be equally spacedel espacio entre los postes de la valla debería ser igual
2. (= in the same way) → por igual
all foreigners should be treated equallytodos los extranjeros deberían ser tratados por igual or con igualdad
this rule applies equally to everyoneesta regla se aplica a todos por igual
this applies equally to men and to womenesto se aplica tanto a los hombres como a las mujeres
3. (= just as) [important, difficult, responsible] → igualmente, igual de; [well] → igual de
her mother was equally disappointedsu madre estaba igualmente decepcionada or igual de decepcionada
she gave the task to her equally capable assistantle encargó la tarea a su asistente, que estaba igualmente capacitado or que estaba igual de capacitado
his second novel was equally successfulsu segunda novela tuvo el mismo éxito
she is equally as intelligent as her sisteres igual de inteligente que su hermana, es tan inteligente como su hermana
4. (= by the same token) → al mismo tiempo
she cannot marry him, but equally she cannot live aloneno se puede casar con él, pero, al mismo tiempo, no puede vivir sola
equally, you must rememberasimismo or al mismo tiempo, hay que recordar ...


[ˈiːkwəli] adv
(= fairly) [divide, share] → en parts égales
(= to the same degree) [clever, qualified, effective] → tout aussi
It's cheaper but equally effective → Il est moins cher mais tout aussi efficace.
two equally qualified men
BUT deux hommes aussi qualifiés l'un que l'autre.
All these techniques are equally effective
BUT Toutes ces techniques sont aussi efficaces les unes que les autres.
(introducing clause) equally, ... → de la même manière, ...equal opportunities
nplégalité f des chances
to be committed to equal opportunities → s'être engagé(e) pour l'égalité des chances
modif [policy, legislation, issue] → d'égalité des chancesEqual Opportunities Commission Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (US) n Commission pour l'égalité des chancesequal opportunity employer nemployeur m appliquant les principes de l'égalité des chancesequal sign equals sign (British) nsigne m égal, signe m d'égalité


(= evenly) divide, sharegleichmäßig; equally spacedin gleichmäßigen Abständen; (in time) → in regelmäßigen Abständen
(= to the same extent, in the same way) (+adj) → ebenso, genauso; they are equally (as) successfulsie sind genauso erfolgreich; men and women must become equally responsibleMänner und Frauen müssen die gleiche Verantwortung übernehmen; all foreigners should be treated equallyalle Ausländer sollten gleich behandelt werden; they look equally good in contemporary settingssie sehen in einer modernen Umgebung genauso gut aus; to apply/occur equallygleichermaßen gelten/vorkommen
(introducing sentence: = by the same token) → ebenso; equally one must concede that …ebenso muss man zugeben, dass …, man muss aber auch zugeben, dass …; she cannot marry him, but equally she cannot live alonesie kann ihn nicht heiraten, sie kann aber auch nicht allein leben


[ˈiːkwəlɪ] advugualmente; (share) → in parti uguali
they are equally clever → sono intelligenti allo stesso modo
she is equally clever → è altrettanto intelligente
equally, you must remember ... → allo stesso modo, ti devi ricordare...


(ˈiːkwəl) adjective
the same in size, amount, value etc. four equal slices; coins of equal value; Are these pieces equal in size? Women want equal wages with men.
one of the same age, rank, ability etc. I am not his equal at running.
verbpast tense, past participle ˈequalled , (American) ˈequaled
to be the same in amount, value, size etc. I cannot hope to equal him; She equalled his score of twenty points; Five and five equals ten.
equality (iˈkwoləti) noun
the state of being equal. Women want equality of opportunity with men.
ˈequalize, ˈequalise verb
to make or become equal. Our team were winning by one goal – but the other side soon equalized.
ˈequally adverb
All are equally good; He divided his chocolate equally between us.
equal to
fit or able for. I didn't feel equal to telling him the truth.
References in classic literature ?
Dashwood, urged equally by her own and her daughter's wishes, began to talk of removing to Barton.
Nor, at the time, had it failed to enter his monomaniac mind, that all the anguish of that then present suffering was but the direct issue of a former woe; and he too plainly seemed to see, that as the most poisonous reptile of the marsh perpetuates his kind as inevitably as the sweetest songster of the grove; so, equally with every felicity, all miserable events do naturally beget their like.
To impute such a design to Lady Susan would be taking from her every claim to that excellent understanding which her bitterest enemies have never denied her; and equally low must sink my pretensions to common sense if I am suspected of matrimonial views in my behaviour to her.
And experiences of the same kind are necessary for the individual to become conscious of himself; but here there is the difference that, although everyone becomes equally conscious of his body as a separate and complete organism, everyone does not become equally conscious of himself as a complete and separate personality.
He entered his wife's drawing room as one enters a theater, was acquainted with everybody, equally pleased to see everyone, and equally indifferent to them all.
For in politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword.
Hence the wife often puts on fits of love and jealousy, nay, even denies herself any pleasure, to disturb and prevent those of her husband; and he again, in return, puts frequent restraints on himself, and stays at home in company which he dislikes, in order to confine his wife to what she equally detests.
The act of saying "There is a dog," and the act of throwing stones, would in such a case be equally mechanical.
So the Jay could do no better than go back to the other Jays, who had watched his behaviour from a distance; but they were equally annoyed with him, and told him:
They are all three equally to blame in this matter.
Now, all our lines are EQUALLY and INFINITESIMALLY thick (or high, whichever you like); consequently, there is nothing in them to lead our minds to the conception of that Dimension.
But if neither time nor place be known, then the left wing will be impotent to succor the right, the right equally impotent to succor the left, the van unable to relieve the rear, or the rear to support the van.